Science & Mathematics - Faculty News
Dr. Sepi Yalda, earth sciences, was part of an invited cohort of about 10 colleagues in geosciences from across the country that was held in Washington, D.C., for Congressional Visits Day, September 17 and 18. The main focus was on the weather and climate enterprise and related funding issues. (The Exchange, 9/18/13)
Dr. Cynthia Taylor, mathematics, presented a paper at the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education in Kiel, Germany, at the end of July. (The Exchange, 9/5/13)
Dr. Natalia Dushkina, physics, co-authored a chapter titled “Structural Colors” for the book “Engineered Biomimicry,” which was published at the end of July. Her co-author was Akhlesh Lakhtakia from the University of Pennsylvania, State College. Drs. Christopher Hardy, biology, and Joseph Grosh, physics retired faculty, contributed pictures to the chapter. Biomimicry is an interdisciplinary research area and the book will be of interest also for biology, chemistry and mineralogy majors and faculty. A detailed preview is available here. (The Exchange, 9/5/13)
The School of Science and Mathematics welcomes the following new faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year: Dr. Steven Kennedy, chemistry; Dr. Jessica Smeltz, chemistry; and Ms. Jenny Monn, nursing.
Dr. Kevin Robinson, mathematics, presented the talk “Statistics – What’s So Hard?” at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Mathematics Association conference at Clarion University, April 19-20. He also presented a peer-reviewed poster, “Statistics Education – An Evolving Collaboration: Data, Technology, and Learning,” at the 2013 United States Conference On Teaching Statistics, May 16 – 18 in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. His co-presenter was Justin Kimmel, James Madison University. (The Exchange, 8/15/13)
Dr. David Zegers, emeritus, biology, and Dr. J.F. Merritt, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, recently published a peer reviewed paper in Mammalia-International Journal of Systematics, Biology and Ecology of Mammals concerning the behavioral and metabolic responses of the least shrew (Cryptotis parva) to cold. Their research confirmed the hypothesis that huddling in communal nests by this shrew provides significant energy conservation in winter, which makes them, in this respect, more like the shrews of Africa, Middle East and the Orient than their more genetically and evolutionarily similar relatives in North America and Europe. (The Exchange, 8/15/13)
Dr. Cynthia Taylor, mathematics, co-authored “The development of beginning mathematics teacher pedagogical content knowledge,” which was recently published online in the International Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, which is available at link.springer.com. Taylor’s co-authors are from the University of Missouri, the University of Northern Iowa, Penn State and Rockhurt University. (The Exchange, 8/1/13)